If you’re shopping for a car, you’ve probably come across many articles that explain the advantages and disadvantages of buying a pre-owned car instead of a new one. While you can normally avoid the depreciation that typically occurs in the first year of ownership when you buy a previously owned vehicle, you run the risk of inheriting someone else’s problems.

With the design and technical advancements that have been made in recent years, purchasing a pre-owned automobile isn’t as inherently risky as it used to be. Even though that’s true, there are still some things you should look out for if you’re in the market for a pre-owned car such as a used Jeep® Liberty or a used Dodge Challenger.

Because buying a pre-owned car is different from purchasing a new vehicle, everyone at our Dodge dealership near Longwood, FL thought it would be a good idea to put together a brief list of things you should be on the lookout for. If you’re shopping for a previously owned vehicle, keep an eye out for the following:

  • Rust: Rust can cost a lot of money to repair and it can cause certain costly components to have to be replaced, such as floor boards. Rust isn’t always easily visible so make sure you bring a flashlight with you when you go to see a pre-owned automobile you’re thinking about buying. Be sure you inspect the car’s wheel wells, muffler, and exhaust system for rust before you make an offer on a previously owned automobile.
  • Worn Tires: If a vehicle’s tires don’t have much tread left, you may have to replace them immediately after you buy a pre-owned vehicle, which will drive up your acquisition costs. Check to see if the tires have worn evenly. If they haven’t, it may be a sign that the automobile is out of alignment, which will also increase the amount you’ll have to pay to make the vehicle operate properly.
  • Fluid Levels: If a pre-owned car is low on the fluids it needs to run smoothly, such as oil, it could be a sign that the automobile’s owner hasn’t cared for the vehicle responsibly. Since routine maintenance is the best way to prolong the working life of a car, a neglected automobile may not last as long as one that was tended to appropriately.

If you’re in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, visit our convenient location on Towne Center Boulevard. Our factory-trained technicians inspect every previously owned automobile we have for sale to make sure they’re in working order. Visit Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM Sanford to find a pre-owned car you can rely on today.